Aleksey Igudesman

Born: 
July 22, 1973
Place of birth: 
St. Petersburg
Nationality: 
Russian-German
Instrument: 
violin

Best known as a violinist, composer and conductor Aleksey Igudesman has also established himself as an actor, comedian and filmmaker. His music has earned admiration for capturing the essence of diverse musical languages in a uniquely clever and joyful way. Igudesman attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. There he met Hyung-ki Joo, his musical partner-to-be, bonding over a mutual passion for dead composers and deadpan humor. He later studied under Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory. Igudesman has enjoyed a successful career playing, composing, and arranging for his string trio Triology, recording several CDs for BMG, teaching master classes, and performing with great artists like Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, Billy Joel, Sir Roger Moore and John Malkovich, among many others.  Igudesman also directed, produced and starred in the feature­-length mockumentary Noseland an award winner at the Doc Miami International Film Festival. As a composer, Igudesman has written pieces performed by ensembles and orchestras worldwide —including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, often with himself as a soloist and conductor. He has frequently collaborated with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer on movies, including Sherlock Holmes nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score. He co-wrote the score of Jealous of the Birds with Zimmer, which won Best Original Score at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Igudesman's sheet music is published world wide by Universal Edition. Igudesman is one half of Igudesman & Joo. Numbers from their shows have gone viral on YouTube, with over 40 million views. He is sometimes on tour with his virtuoso solo project Fasten Seat Belts. In 2016 he has released a solo violin CD and sheet music by the same name.